Gently, She Waves

PhotographerAlex James
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

I’m always fascinated by the beauty of shapes - often these glorious lines are hidden, but are easily uncovered if you look closely. Ironically, shapes can be far more intriguing than the "whole" of most anything. It holds true for this flower petal (Iris), as my eye is drawn to the abstract intricacies it presents. The petal is mimicked by its other half, creating a mirrored effect. The curvaceous lines take on a feminine human form providing sensual movement. Separately, I can imagine the wing of a bird as it moves slowly, precisely through a thermal. You might liken this process to a view of the sky and the clouds within - take a breath and share your personal interpretation of those wonderfully puffy formations!

About Photographer

Everyday things, are my favorite things. As a photographer, I'm challenged by the limitless choices for subjects to capture through my lens. Ranging from everything wondrous the world can offer, to the subtle and often ignored, the inspiration comes from all directions. For example, beauty can be found in the obvious, like silky waterfalls, dramatic sunsets or beautiful beaches. Personally, I often revel in the common, perhaps even forgettable things - a rusty bolt, an old door and its glorious peeling paint, a shriveled Autumn leaf, intoxicating lines, shapes or textures found in alleyway shadows or the delicate petal of a flower. There’s beauty in just about anything, if you’re looking for it. Serendipitous photographs can also make me smile! While I have a great respect for preparation, I’m quite fond of the fortuitous images I capture - it pays to be in the right place at the right time. In many instances, these images will remain in my archives of unprocessed images undiscovered, until much time has passed. When they finally do come to my attention, I treasure them, and consider them to be just as valuable as any other work I have done. Unleashing the hidden beauty or especially intriguing shapes found in the ordinary is a passion. My heart beats faster when I find a hidden gem or an unusual scene off the beaten path. I'm compelled to capture these moments in time - these delicacies of light - and feed them to the world! My goal is to inspire people in the same way. To get folks to "see" through a different pair of eyes, and to realize that by “focusing with purpose”, interesting things can be found anywhere at any time. The world isn't limited to exotic themes and fancy subject matter … it’s filled with extraordinary everyday things … my favorite things.